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LENR research at NASA

Scientists at NASA have performed some LENR research in the past and currently they are investigating the Widom-Larsen Theory.

Glenn Research Center (GRC)

On the website of NASA's Glenn Research Center it is stated: "Tests conducted at NASA Glenn Research Center and elsewhere consistently show evidence of anomalous heat during gaseous loading and unloading of deuterium into and out of bulk palladium. At one time called “cold fusion,” now called “low-energy nuclear reactions” (LENR), such effects are now published in peer-reviewed journals and are gaining attention and mainstream respectability. The instrumentation expertise of NASA GRC was applied to improve the diagnostics for investigating the anomalous heat in LENR." (NASA's GRC website)

Langley Research Center (LaRC)

LaRC's Chief scientist Dennis Bushnell stated: "The current situation is that we now have over two decades of hundreds of experiments worldwide indicating heat and transmutations with minimal radiation and low energy input. By any rational measure, this evidence indicates something real is occurring. So, is LENR "Real?" Evidently, from the now long standing and diverse experimental evidence. And, yes - with effects occurring from using diverse materials, methods of energy addition etc. This is far from a "Narrow Band" set of physical phenomena." ( Dennis Bushnell - Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, the Realism and the Outlook)

In January 2012 NASA published a video titled "Method for enhancement of Surface Plasmon Polaritons to Initiate & Sustain LENR". In it LaRC senior research scientist Dr. Joseph Zawodny speaks about his work trying to validate the Widom Larsen theory. The video used to be hosted at but has been taken offline, however the same video is still hosted at youtube Method for enhancement of Surface Plasmon Polaritons to Initiate & Sustain LENR

A few days later Zawodny commented on his blog that this video should not be seen as an endorsement of Rossi's ecat. Zawodny wrote: "As for what people are trying to read into this video, specifically my use of the word “demonstrated”, it is my professional opinion that the production of excess energy has been demonstrated when the results of the last 20+ years of experimentation are evaluated. There has been a lot of work done in the past 20+ years. When considered in aggregate I believe excess power has been demonstrated. I did not say, reliable, useful, commercially viable, or controllable." Zawodny's blog entry

LENR Airplane

This paper presents an overview of several missions that exploit the capabilities of a Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) aircraft propulsion system. LENR is a form of nuclear energy and potentially has over 4,000 times the energy density of chemical energy sources. It does not have any harmful emissions or radiation which makes it extremely appealing. The global reliance on crude oil for aircraft energy creates the opportunity for a revolutionary change with LENR. LENR will impact aircraft performance capabilities, military capabilities, the environment, the economy, and society. Although there is a lot of interest in LENR, there is no proven theory that explains it.

LENR is expected to be a clean, safe, portable scalable, and abundant energy source.

SUGAR Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research

LENR nuclear has important advantages, but extremely high risk – if it works, revolutionary to World energy

Technical Memorandi


"Reviving Cold Fusion" by Stephen K. Ritter in C&EN from May 14, 2012 "Race for cold fusion: Nasa, MIT, Darpa and Cern peer through the keyhole"

TM-102430 [1] TM-107167 [2]

Xing Z. Li - 2006 [3]

Bushnell interview transcript

Austrian news outlet mentioning the NASA video

Washington Post "Helium-3, an isotope that in the future may support cold fusion when earthlings finally figure out how to make it happen, is another potential treasure."

Tom Whipple discusses the NASA video in the Falls Church News Press

Tom Whipple discusses NASA work on Widom Larsen

Italian GreenStyle discussing the NASA video

South African Engineering News mentioning the NASA video

Forbes commenting on the video Dennis Bushnell - Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, the Realism and the Outlook

NASAinnovation channel NASA LaRC Abundant Clean/Green Energy

Blog entry by Joe Zawodny regarding the Technology Gateway Video

The nuclear reactor in your basement

Extremetech - NASA’s cold fusion tech could put a nuclear reactor in every home, car, and plane

NASA Langley response to questions asked by regarding LENR research

Patent application - Method for Producing Heavy Electrons